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  Efrain Esquivias Captures NABF
Super Bantamweight Crown

By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo


Carson’s Efrain Esquivias captured the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title in the main event of “New Blood,” presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Everlast, Lucas Oil Products and Fox Sports Deportes. The entertaining fight card was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.

The straight right began to work early for Efrain Esquivias 15-0, 9KOs, which had a large contingency on hand. He quickly introduced his right hook and left uppercut in round number two while his opponent began to let loose with snapping jabs. Fernando Beltran’s steady jabs grew into consistent attacks. He seemed dominant in taking round number four. The action quickly picked up and seeped into the following rounds with both fighters engaging one another with crowd-pleasing exchanges. There was even a moment in round number seven where both fighters simultaneously landed jolting right hooks followed by feverish exchanges in the latter half of the same round.

Esquivias had been working his straight right the entire fight, often landing straight pounding shots. He finally was able to land one straight right that truly hurt Beltran Jr. and sent the courageous veteran to the canvas in round number eight. Beltran was able to recover only to see Efrain Esquivias control the final two championship rounds while riding the momentum of his knockdown and his powerful straight right. After ten rounds of heated action judge James Jenkin scored the bout 97-92 for Esquivias, Judge Pat Connilly tallied the fight 95-94 for Beltran, and Sergio Caiz had scored the bout 96-93 for Efrain Esquivias.

Miguel Diaz Skillfully Defeats Felipe Castaneda

The co-featured bout saw Miguel Diaz 7-0, 3KOs earn a hard fought unanimous decision against Felipe Castaneda 6-3-1, 3KOs in a 6 round Super Flyweight bout. The entire fight was competitive as both fighters had their moments. Diaz looked to be the more polished boxer. He worked off his stick, sometimes doubling up before letting go with overhand rights then stepping to the side as seen in round number three and throughout the bout. The following round saw Diaz continue to work the ring while scoring with some very clean shots.

Felipe Castaneda continued to apply pressure in the final rounds, making Diaz work for everything. One only had to take one look at Diaz’s face to realize that he had been in the ring with an equal foe. However, it was Miguel’s skill and accuracy that swayed the judges to hand him his seventh professional victory with scores of 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.

Sindy Amador Wins Again

Riverside’s Sindy Amador 6-0, 1KO remains unbeaten by defeating Blanca Reymundo 0-5 in a 4 round junior flyweight bout. Amador began the fight swinging and ended it in the same manner.

Blanca Reymundo was valiant having fought through an incidental head but that caused a considerable gash above her left eye. Albeit, Amador’s continues pounding was too much for her.

Sindy Amador went on to earn her sixth victory after also suffering the same fait as her opponent. Blood began to pour from what seemed to be the bridge of Amador’s nose as a result of an incidental head bunt in the final round. When it was all said and done, two judges scored the bout 40-36 while the other had it 39-37 in favor of Sindy.

Sergio Nunez Victorious Against a Scrappy Opponent

Sergio “El Latigo” Nunez 4-0-1, 2KOs remained unbeaten by earning a unanimous decision victory against Robert “Scrappy” Ortiz 7-4-1, 3KOs in a 4 round lightweight bout. The fight was animated from the open bell. Robert Ortiz lived up to his nickname by pressing the action. It took Sergio Nunez several minutes to figure out how to combat Ortiz’s activity. Nunez began to attack the body as seen in round number three. The body attack helped to slow down Ortiz’s wild punches.

Sylmar’s Nunez then went on to use his considerable height to fight from the outside and pick apart his shorter opposition on his way to well earned unanimous decision. Two judges tallied the bout 39-37, while the remaining judge scored the bout 40-36 all in favor of Sergio Nunez.

Joshua Conley Poised As Debutant

Speed Kills, and Joshua Conley 1-0, 1KO had plenty tonight. The San Bernandino native earned his first professional victory by knocking out North Hollywood’s Eduardo Hernandez 0-1in a bout that pitted two debutants. Joshua Conley fed his counterpart a steady dose of left hooks that were often followed by straight rights. It was precisely a left hook, which finished Hernandez. Referee Jack Reese halted the super welterweight bout .40 into round number three.

Brandon Adams Wins Fourth Professional Bout

Watts native Brandon Adams 4-0, 2KOs systematically destroyed Raymundo Inda 0-3-1 on his way to his fourth professional victory to open the night’s action. Adams looked good in the scheduled four round middleweight scrap. He worked his opponent’s body constantly. Consequently, creating openings upstairs that enabled him to land some speedy straight rights as seen in the first and second rounds. He continued to attack Inda’s midsection in round number three, landing some powerful right hooks. Adams closed the show with another perfectly placed right hook to the body, which sent Raymundo Inda kneeling to the ground in the following round. Referee David Denkin would not allow the fight to continue, stopping the bout at the 2:00 mark of the final round.


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